Project Description: The Ministry of International Economic Integration and Reforms of Armenia has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) to provide technical assistance to develop modern public-private partnership (PPP) policy and legal framework in Armenia (the “Project”). The availability of efficient and transparent policy, legal/regulatory and institutional frameworks encouraging private sector participation are vital for effective implementation of infrastructure projects. When properly designed and implemented, PPPs may provide an invaluable source of additional private sector funding, capacity and resources to the country’s infrastructure needs. Although a number of transport, water and energy projects structured as PPPs are under implementation in Armenia, the absence of a PPP policy and clear legal and regulatory framework remains an obstacle to structuring and funding a greater number of PPP projects in the country. Therefore, the primary purpose of the proposed Project is to develop policy and legal framework for PPPs in Armenia, ultimately incentivising private sector participation in infrastructure projects.
The Bank now intends to engage a consulting firm (the “Consultant”) to assist the Ministry of International Economic Integration and Reforms of Armenia in reviewing the current PPP regime, designing a PPP policy and drafting a PPP law (the “Assignment”).
The expected outcome of the Assignment is the development and approval of the PPP policy and PPP law in Armenia.
The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services among other tasks per the Terms of Reference:
- Diagnostic review of the current regime applicable to PPPs in Armenia;
- Design and drafting of the PPP policy; and
- Design and drafting of the PPP law.
Detailed description of the Assignment is set out in the Terms of Reference available via the following link: http://www.ebrd.com/documents/technical-cooporation/tor-armenia-ppp-policy-legal-fwk.docx
Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in April 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of twelve months.
Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded from the EBRD Technical Cooperation Programme and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.
Maximum Estimated Assignment Amount: Not specified.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of international and local advisors, at least one of such advisors to be a firm with previous PPP transactional experience and experience in drafting PPP policy documents and primary legislation, in particular in the EBRD countries of operations, and extensive knowledge of PPP best practices.
The Consultant’s team of experts should cover all required expertise and include:
a. Key expert No 1 – Team Leader: Prominent senior international expert, preferably with 15 years of experience and a good degree of legal expertise in concessions/PPP area, including policy/regulatory issues and law drafting, as well as previous experience in similar assignments, including in the EBRD region;
b. Key expert(s) No 2: Senior local advisor(s) with solid experience and knowledge of PPP, public procurement, infrastructure financing, budget, administrative, civil and commercial law and civil procedure, including law/regulatory drafting experience;
c. Key expert(s) No 3: Senior PPP business consultant well familiar with PPP/concessions policy and with experience of advising on similar assignments, preferably in the EBRD countries of operations, and with expertise in comparative analysis of VfM and similar methodologies.
All key experts should be fluent in English. Working knowledge of Russian and\or Armenian is an advantage.
Other experts may be added at the Consultant’s discretion and among other are expected to include:
a) International senior advisor(s) with good knowledge of local market environment and laws;
b) Ad hoc expert(s): technical, financial, legal and business PPP advisor/s, as/if required.
More detailed requirements will be determined at the request for proposals stage.
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives (max 6 pages).
3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives (max 2 pages per person).
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
5. The proposed approach to the implementation of the Assignment.
Failure to provide the completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet may result in the applicant’s disqualification from the selection process for this Assignment.
The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the deadline for submission referred to above. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file.
Bank Contact Person:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6577
e-mail: MatushiM@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, shortlisted firms will be invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
2. The shortlist criteria are:
(a) Firm’s previous PPP transactional experience (20%);
(b) Firm’s previous experience in drafting PPP policy documents and primary legislation, in particular in the EBRD countries of operations, and extensive knowledge of PPP best practices (30%);
(c) CVs of key experts (30%);
(d) Proposed approach to Assignment implementation (20%).